By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
SOUTH LAUREL – The North Laurel Lady Jaguars rallied together and managed to pull out a 2-0 win over South Laurel in extra innings with their injured coach watching on.
North Laurel coach Becky Osborne was in the stands cheering on her team just days after suffering serious injuries in an automobile accident.
“This was a very emotional game for us with Becky being back for the first time since the accident,” North Laurel pitcher Megan Baldwin said. “So emotions were running high and we knew we had to win this game.”
Baldwin not only led her team in the circle, but she came up with the game-winning hit as she drove in two runs on a single in the top of the eighth inning for the 2-0 advantage.
“That ball was coming down the middle and I knew it was mine,” Baldwin said. “I just hit it and I was hoping it would go where it needed to go and it did.”
North Laurel assistant coach Rogers Strong knew that his team wanted to win the game for their injured coach.
“It really meant a lot to us when we saw Becky in the bleachers,” he said. “People don’t realize how close we were to losing her and Ashley. The kids really wanted to win this game for her and I was just happy we were able to pull it out for her.
“I’m just keeping the seat warm for Becky. That’s all I’m doing.”
North Laurel’s Vanessa Smith made a diving catch in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs.
“I knew if I didn’t catch it that they could have won,” Smith said. “I was just trying with everything I had to get it.”
South Laurel defeated North Laurel earlier in the year, so the Lady Jaguars were even more hungry than normal for a win over their cross-town rivals.
“This is a win that we all look for the whole season,” Smith said. “We really wanted this after what happened last time and we got it.
“We also wanted it for Coach Osborne after all she has been through. We wanted it for her tonight.”
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These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.
It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.
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